While Ogembo won in the 'English as a first language category'
with his play Binti's Party, Swaminathan won in the 'English
as the second language category' with her play, Loyalty.
The two winners are being flown over to London this month to attend
the studio recording of their plays which will be broadcast on BBC
BBC runs the International Playwriting Competition with the British
Council and this year received more than 900 entries from all over
the world. The competition has been running for over 15 years during
which more than 6,000 entries have been received. Many of the winning
authors' plays have been staged and broadcast by the BBC.
An official release informs that Loyalty was awarded the
regional prize for Europe and Binti's Party won the prize
for Africa and the Middle East.
The other regional winners were Spell it Out by Philip
Heckman (Americas), Collaborators by Ramu Ramanathan (South
Asia and former Soviet Union) and In Synch by Dennis Gillman